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[Update: It's official] Ubiquiti's free Amplifi Teleport app lets you browse anywhere as if you were in the security of your home

Even with HTTPS encryption, using public Wi-Fi is an act of faith. You don't know if some bad actor is trying to access your data, and even if most of your connections are obscured, someone could still get a hold on metadata you wouldn't want to share. To combat this, you can set up your own VPN. There are many options available, but if you're looking for a seamless way to surf the web as though you were home, Amplifi might be the way to go. The company has just released the beta version of its Teleport app that allows you to remote into your Amplifi router at home, remaining anonymous on any other network.

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[APK Download] Dark mode now available on Gallery Go by Google Photos

Google Photos is a fantastic app, but storing and accessing to all your images from the cloud can be a strain on your smartphone's bandwidth and storage, especially if it's a budget Android device. Last month, Google launched Gallery Go (along the lines of Maps Go and Google Go), a lightweight picture manager targetted at the hundreds of millions of budget devices being used in developing countries. Today, the app got an update that adds dark mode — something other apps like Messenger and Google Photos already have.

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26 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Yet another week is half over, so here are some app sales to celebrate. Today's list isn't all that great, but that's how it is most of the time.

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Google Maps adds Lime rides to walking and biking directions

Since December, Google Maps started displaying Lime scooters and bikes when looking for public transit directions. The feature has then been extended to 80 cities in March, making it easier for locals and tourists alike to see what option is faster to get to their destination. Google and Lime have partnered to integrate the company's rides more deeply with Maps, as the latter is now shown in the walking and cycling tabs, in addition to the transit one.

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[Update: New combined Single Surface UI] Chrome tab switcher gets 'Explore' tab in new UI experiment

Google's recommended articles already exist in the Google app, the far left page of most app launchers, the New Tab page in Chrome for Android, and on the mobile google.com homepage. In case you need yet another place to find your favorite clickbait articles or mildly-relevant news, you might soon see them in Chrome for Android's tab switcher.

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Visually enhanced Google Maps timeline groups visited places by category, city, and country [APK Download]

Last week, Google announced several improvements to Maps among which is the availability of Live AR walking navigation for users beyond Local Guides. Another promised change was a new and improved timeline. In addition to your daily history, it groups all the places you've visited by category, city, country, and lets you quickly create lists of recommendations based on locations you've already been to.

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[Update: Google clarifies] Google is forcing reminders to go through Assistant

A few days ago, we told you about one big improvement with Google's reminders, which now finally use unbundled notifications and let you act on each one separately. Part of that article also showed off a new interface for reminders, which looks more in line with Google's recent Material Design approach. However, there are a few other aspects in that interface that we didn't delve into, chief among them is the fact that Google's reminders now require Assistant and won't work without it.

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LinkedIn is reportedly preparing a dark mode for its app

Dark mode has become one of the most requested features nowadays, and it only makes sense a growing number of companies are designing their apps accordingly. Following in the footsteps of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, LinkedIn is reportedly working on a dark theme for its app.

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Play Store developers can now tag apps with keywords to help discovery

Publishers want their apps to be found. People want to search for apps. The Play Store has ways of letting the two meet through various promotions, sectioning, categories, and, now, tags: developers are now able to describe their apps with up to five words or phrases.

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